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>> and this is a battleground virginia, an abc 7 vote 2012 news special. >> today, i believe that as a nation, we are moving forward again. we cannot go on the path we been on. we must restore america's strength, and i will do it with your help. tonight the battle is on in the commonwealth. i am leon harris. >> and i am alison starling. welcome to our first virginia special. president obama and mitt romney made numerous stops all .ver the commonwealth >> the latest public policy poll shows a obama with a 50% lead over romney in virginia. with 3% still undecided, it is grabs.p for with 28 days to go and two more well,ential debates as the candidates are crisscrossing .he country thuman is live in arlington with the latest from the campaign trail. >> it that were giving out passports stems, these guys entire book just for virginia. when it comes to knocking on doors, making phone calls, and bothng voter contacts, well surpassed y did in 2008. >> we will win virginia again. >> thank you, virginia. >> practically virginia point,ce at this obama and mitt romney stops,ing frequent
bitancurt, with the extra point and it's good. 1:18 to play in the fourth quarter, west virginia taking a 10-point lead. >> charles: just look at how the front is handled. i'm talking about all the way through for west virginia. 88 in the back field is clay. goes right through and gives buie all the space he needs and more to put west virginia firmly in control of this contest. and we have seen career performances from a number of players tonight. andrew buie headlines it, i think, for west virginia. >> gus: andrew buie. 31 carries, 207 yards rushing, two touchdowns, now averaging 6.7 yards per carry. nobody happier than that man. geno smith. >> charles: how about the way they closed it out, going down field. running the football. they got a couple big throws from smith. especially the second and 11 throw, otherwise, buie the offensive line full back took control in the last tree minutes of the game. >> gus: west virginia out scoring texas 14-0 here in the fourth quarter. after the missed feel goal. by texas. west virginia going on an eight-play 76 yard drive, eating up 4:07 and
>> this is a battleground virginia, an abc7 vote 2012 news special. >> the candidates are on the finalgn trail after the debate. evening everyone. i am leon harris. and i'm allison sterling. both president obama and had to -- have stops in battleground states in the coming days. the poll results could not be any closer. now in ais statistical -- statistical tie. voters in battleground states will see a lot of these candidates. we are in alexandria tonight expect.t we can scott? >> folks here can catch mitt on a sunday. that, the president in richmond on thursday. if these polls numbers hold true perhaps the president has ohio, and that means are here, virginia. >> it is up to us to choose what here.e take from you to make sure to begin voting. early voting has already started. >> after all of the primaries, conventions, and debate, it has come down to two frantic weeks unleashing every tactic possible. virginia, this new advertisement just for these the presidential campaign with a personal plea. you to work with keep america moving a forward together. >> the president
richmond, virginia, this is the people's debate. brought to you by aarp virginia and the league of women voters of virginia. the people's debate. now tonight's host, bill fitzgerald. >> tonig. >>> welcome to the people's debate. tonight, in the very close race for one of virginia's u.s. senate seats, the candidates will answer the questions about the issues the voters of virginia face. our moderator tonight is the managing principal of decide smart, political analyst for wtvr, and moderator of many debates across virginia, dr. bob holsworth. good evening, bob. >> thanks, bill. let's introduce the candidates vying to be virginia's next u.s. senator. joining us tonight are two former governors of the commonwealth, republican george allen and democrat tim kaine. both men know the stakes are high in this year's election, with key issues like jobs and the economy, the federal debt, and the future of medicare. tonight's debate is being broadcast on television stations throughout virginia and you can join live conversation about the debate on twitter, hashtag, people's debate. here is a look at
>> this is "battleground virginia," and abc 7 vote 2012 news special. >> good evening and welcome to our second "battleground virginia" special. >> the presidential candidates have two debates under their belt was one more to go on monday. >> the race could not be any tighter in battleground virginia according to polls. the president leading by just one percentage point with 3% still undecided. >> we get -- we go to our senior political reporter with how virginia voters are feeling tonight. >> they are feeling nervous. it is hard to be confident when you look at those numbers regardless of what side you are on, but when we talk with northern virginia specifically they are also feeling a sense of urgency. >> we can have that future, but you've got to vote. >> that is what we're talking doing, and we can do this. >> you can hear it in their voices -- the pressure of a clock now taking at a dizzying pace and atop their concerns -- virginia where new polls show a statistical tie. at george mason university the stage is being set for the president to hit campus for the second time in t
. dominion virginia is working to restore electricity to more than 20,000 customers in northern virginia. novec has more than 3,300 homes and businesses in the dark. 1,500 pepco customers have no electricity. and more than 24,000 local bge homes and businesses are without power, most of them in anne arundel county. >>> a lot of you heading back to work and school today. the federal government and local jurisdictions will be open this morning as well as most schools in our area. however, in virginia manassas park schools are closed and two-hour delays in fauquier, frederick, and shenandoah counties. buses will use snow emergency routes in shenandoah. loudoun county has a one-hour delay. frederick county schools in maryland are on a two-hour delay. and in west virginia, pendleton county schools are closed, and berkeley, hampshire, and jefferson county schools are on a two-hour delays. several schools in virginia county and maryland as well as in the district that still don't have power. we expect an announcement from most of those school systems within the hour about whether the schools wi
to the united nations bill richardson. and former speaker of the house newt gingrich. >> hello, virginia. >> what a great virginia welcome. >> then battleground virginia. with the state's democratic senator mark warner and former congressman republican tom davis and courtship of the american woman. gender politics with a top republican woman in congress kathy mcmorris rogers. dman bash and dan balz. i'm candy crawley and this is the state of the union. >> al qaeda is on the path to defeat and osama bin laden is dead. >> up against criticism the president's approach has been too hard on friends and too conciliatory to enemy sfwls the president's policies throughout the middle east began with an apology tour. >> tomorrow's debate the last before the election will focus solely on foreign policy. it's certain to include the specific, including the who knew what when questions surrounding the murders of four americans in benghazi to the big picture debate over america's role in the village. joining me to the debate is bill richardson and newt gingrich. i want to get to that. but first i want
both these guys are fine. they're able bodied, walking and they're expected to fly home to virginia sometime tomorrow. so sometimes these stories end well. >> absolutely. that's what we want, bruce. no idea at this point what happened to them during that time they were missing? >> well, we understand that there was about 18 inches of snow on the ground and then there were drifts up to 5, 6 feet. so you can imagine if you're walking out in the mountains, it's pretty easy to lose track of the trail. you got to suspect that that's what happened, that they just had a hard time finding their way back, but they finally have. >> and it is the best news. thank you so very much. >>> now we're talking about someone who is still missing and police are hoping you can help find him. charles turner was last seen in ellicott city around 9:30 last night. look at this picture a moment on the left side of your scene. he was driving a 2005 light green lexus suv. we have the maryland plate dv348 works light green lexus. police say he has dementia and does not usually drive at night. if you've seen char
are on the road in richmond, virginia. >> so human rights violations are so egregious, they must be held accountable, rather less of traditional roles of state sovereignty and also regardless of where those egregious violations take place. >> as the supreme court begins it new term, the justices will hear arguments today about whether corporations can be sued in u.s. courts for human rights abuses abroad. we will look at other hot topics affirmative action, same sex marriage, and voting rights. then, a new law in virginia may force many of the state's abortion clinics to shut down. and we will look and have local residents and virginia are organizing against a push by the nuclear and -- industry to lift the state's 3-year-long ban on uranium mining. >> we have spent 30 years on the fantasy of containment. there is no way to contain toxic or nuclear waste. he can come back to your drawing boards and come up with recommendations. but guess what? the community here and all the people down there river, all the way to north carolina and virginia beach are going to stop this. >> all that and m
: casino owners in west virginia are spending millions against question seven. that upsets me. and that upsets jonathan ogden. you don't want to upset jonathan ogden. ogden: no you don't. mayor: question seven means thousands of jobs and millions for our schools. but these west virginia casinos want to keep it all for themselves. we're not happy about that. ogden: no we aren't. mayor: so join us and vote for question seven. and west virginia, don't make me send jonathan ogden over there. mayor: vote for question seven. ogden: for baltimore. early voting locations are closed todaa because of hundreds of peopll tried to beat the storm and cass theirr ballots early. early. many of the peopll who came to owson university for early voting said thhy were just trying to beat the crowds onnelection day. but a few of the people we talked to said they were worried hurricane andy would cause o be a problem ovember sixth.l - we haaen't had a problem with our power going out, but we jsst didn't ant to take a chance with the power beiig out attthe polls eveen early otinggtimee
's not going to direct you as weather, it might direct you as politics. in the swing state of virginia, governor bob mcdonnell has already declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the frankenstorm and mitt romney has cancelled a rally set for sunday in virginia beach buzz of the threat of the storm. so thanks to the weather, there's even more uncertainty about what the next ten days hold in this particular swing state of virginia. there's more uncertainty there. and that's remarkable to the point of irony. there was already so much uncertainty about virginia. when president obama won virginia in 2008, it was more than just a political deal. it was historic. this was the first time a democrat had won virginia in a race for the presidency since 1964. virginia had been red for more than four decades. president obama's victory in virginia reflected just a historic change. virginia is a state that's influx. the political history does not tell you much about what's going to happen next in virginia because what just happened in virginia in the last election was totally unprecedented i
arundel county, two in virginia as well. sandy shaping up to be one of the costliest natural disasters in american history. it's estimated to cost between $20 billion and $50 billion in damage. >>> plus students heading back to school. power outages keeping some closed. in fairfax county, langley high school, sleepy hollow all closed. jefferson elementary in d.c. will not have school today. barcroft elementary in arlington is closed. in howard county, bowman bridge elementary is closed because of power outages there. 17 schools in anne arundel county are also closed. as for other closings and delays in virginia, manassas park city schools are closed, and two-hour delays in culpeper, frederick, fauquier, and shenandoah county with buses using snow emergency routes. frederick county schools are on a two-hour delay. >> and then there's the power question. right now utility companies working to restore electricity to thousands of area customers. pepco says it hopes to have 90% of the outages caused by sandy restored by 10:00 this morning. pepco customers are without power. most of the outa
's county beltway in about ten minutes. the rest of northern virginia, just a few scattered light sprinkles. much of maryland and up in toward the pennsylvania border. temperatures are mild in the mugginess. we're in the low to mid 70s around the immediate metro area. farther west and north it's in the 60s. storm team 4 hour by hour today, by 7:00 a.m., still a few passing light showers and near 70 by noontime. we ought to get up to around 80 or so by mid afternoon. you'll notice the humidity will be lowering as we get into the afternoon. danella with your first four traffic this thursday morning. good morning. >> this report we're still following, breaking news. if you're making the commute there, northbound ox road. a live look at chopper 4 there in germantown. here's what's happening as you make your way westbound at germantown road. at southbound for the i-270 exit, that's where this is. one is already loaded and ready to be towed out of the way, but the other is about to be towed out of the way. for now, all of your westbound lanes are blocked, and as chopper zooms out, you're going to
at how the front is handled. i'm talking about all the way through for west virginia. 88 in the back field is clay. goes right through and gives buie all the space he needs and more to put west virginia firmly in control of this contest. and we have seen career performances from a number of players tonight. andrew buie headlines it, i think, for west virginia. >> gus: andrew buie. 31 carries, 207 yards rushing, two uchdowns, now averaging 6.7 yards per carry. nobody happier than that man. geno smith. >> charles: how about the way they closed it out, going down field. running the football. they got a couple big throws from smith. especially the second and 11 throw, otherwise, buie the offensive line full back took control in the last tree minutes of the game. >> gus: west virginia out scoring texas 14-0 here in the fourth ter. after the missed feel goal. by texas. west virginia going on an eight-play 76 yard drive, eating up 4:07 and this one shifts forward. fielded at the 26 by roberson. roberson, with running room and he will get inside mountaineer territory, with 1:12 t
's matchup with acc rival, virginia. now the terps have already doubled their total from last season with two wins. two coming in acc play as maryland remains unbeaten. mike london and virginia hosting today. the opening kickoff, terns super freshman, stefan diggs takes it five deep and he weaves his way through traffic, goes 100 yards for a touchdown. built a 17-0 lead. 17-3. phillips sims rolls right. he finds e.j. scott. that is how we do it. 20 yards for the score. down 17-10. 4th quarter, the maryland lead is cut to 4. the freshman on a keeper. he would rumble in for the touchdown and the terps look at randy, all kinds of pumped up. they improve to 2-0 in acc play. >>> other acc action today, virginia tech hosting duke. not a good start for the hokies. first quarter, logan thomas off the hands of tony gregory. intercepted, and he would return it 20 yards for the touchdown. duke was in front 20-0. you know virginia tech, they aren't going to go out that. they would rally with 41 straight points. the deficit was 4. j.c. coleman, he would go untouched. 45 yards for that score. coleman adds
. all major public school systems in d.c., maryland, and virginia are closed this morning. the same goes for most private schools right now. the federal government also cled. all nonessential employees should stay at home. most major local governments also closed in maryland and virginia along with the d.c. government, and metro shut down all rail services, all bus services for the first time since 2003. marc, vre also closed today. and amtrak says its northeast corridor is shut down. a complete list for you at the bottom of your screen and at nbcwashington.com. >> let's che in with storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein right now. as you take a look outside at reagan national airport, almost all of the flights here at the local airports at reagan national, dulles, and bwi are cancelled. be sure to check your airline as you head out the door. >> breedsy and light rain already falling and getting heavier across parts of our immediate area right now. some of the places that are more to the east are being hit particularly hard already at this hour. now we've got storm team 4 meteorologist t
towards areas of morgantown and el kins and petersburg and west virginia. that frost advisory frostburg down towards luray. very cold this morning. look at the temperatures. capitol height, prince george's county, 45 degrees. 46 degrees in benning. temperatures here north and west in the 30s. coldest since april the 26th. so coldest in more than five months out there. 39, 37 degrees around manassas and fairfax city. the radar is dry. we do have showers we're watching down to the south and west of our area. around charleston, west virginia, around roanoke. all that advancing to the northeast. we are talking about some rain today. i don't think it's going to be a heavy rain. it will be wet. the fact we'll go from cold to chilly conditions. 8:00 a.m., partly cloudy. cold. take out 35 to 40 degrees. lunchtime today, 48 to 53. here comes the rain around noontime. goes through the afternoon and evening hours. let's get a look at first 4 traffic. >>> on the interstates, no reports of any serious accidents on 495. we are dealing with some construction on the inner loop at 7. that project is shu
, virginia. impressive wins last night and yesterday evening. the wind is subsiding.let me just check. i am not measuring any wind gusts. we are sheltered by the trees around here. i would not be surprised if by about 8:00 a.m. we have a few wet snowflakes mixing with the that's all it would be, a few wet snowflakes. back to you. >> thank you. 4:35. business owners in ocean city likely will spend the week cleaning up all the damage along the boardwalk. >> brianne carter is there this morning as we survey the damage. >> quite a few changes in ocean city this morning. the rain has stopped, but the wind is still living. we understand delmarva power is reporting some people are in the dark. look behind me and see all the boardwalk lights are out. we do have power here at the hotel, but the power along the boardwalk seems to be out. delmarva power reporting that there are scattered outages of ocean city. there's a lot of damage here as well because of the flooding, but also because of the been andrea -- because of the wind and waves. several fences along the boardwalk are now either bent or brok
and virginia trails 7-0 and over the middle to smith and to the conner of the end zone. fourth quarter we go, virginia trails 16-10. second and 1 to the wake and throws it up for that and they get another shot to win. two minutes left and returning the punt and he's not going to return it. it hits him in the mask and recovers the ice and the games. they're 0-4 in acc play. >>> logan thomas and virginia jet. the hokies first drive. thomas, play-action fake plenty of time and finds corey fuller and fines the end zone, 21 yards for the touchdown and to the second quarter, the hokies are down 10-7 and this time from the shotgun, and overthrown. picked off by jonathan meeks and up to the left side. and another pick. the tigers in front, 17-7. and third quarter now, 24-10. and throws it up the right side. hopkin, a 37-yard touchdown. clemson defeats virginia tech 38-17 and the hokeys have four losses by the end of october the first time since 1992. >>> maybe playing host to indiana, seeking a third straight win and over two minutes left. navy down 6. the freshman back to pass and this is hosting t
with hurricane sandy already changing the campaign trail. romney canceled his appearance for virginia -- in virginia beach. d.c.'s mayor and governors of maryland and virginia declared a state of emergency. they also warned it could impact early voting. we'll get to the storm. sue palka has the latest on what you need to know this hour. >> i was just thinking how many flights will be disrupted especially in the monday, tuesday, wednesday time frame. ground and air travel will be very tough. here's the very latest. it's all about hurricane sandy n. is the track. it's a minimal hurricane right now but really that's not as important as the fact that this thing is going to be making a hard left turn sometime monday night into tuesday. as it approaches the coast, it probably is still a category 1 hurricane after going through a weakening process briefly on sunday. then we believe its wind field will expand dramatically as it transitions into an extra tropical system and lingers across pennsylvania, even into wednesday and possibly into the thursday time frame. so we're talking about many d
, democrat bill richardson, and former republican speaker of the house, newt gingrich. >> hello, virginia. >> what a great virginia welcome. >> then battleground virginia with the state's democratic senator mark warner and former congressman republican tom davis, and courtship of the american woman. gender politics with the top republican woman in congress cathy mcmoore-rogers, democratic congresswoman and dana baish and dan bal sfwl from "the washington post. i'm candy crowley, and this is "state of the union." >>> in an election about the economy, the debate over international affairs has been minimal. >> al qaeda is on the path to defeat, and osama bin laden is dead. >> up against criticism that the president's approach has been too hard on friends and too consillatory to enemies. >> the president's policies throughout the middle east began with an apology tour. >> tomorrow night's debate, the last before the election, will focus solely on foreign policy. it is certain to include the specifics, including the who knew what when surrounding the murders of four americans in benghazi, over
're right in the path of the storm. >>> battleground virginia, the state that was home to four of the firstive u.s. presidents, now crucial in deciding the next one. we're live in richmond. >>> and dogfight. the heated custody battle over a portly pooch. is her caretaker using her to fatten her bank account? that's the question a judge is getting set to ponder today, sunday, october 28, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is a special edition of tod"today" w lester holt live from richmond, virginia, and jenna wolfe, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning and welcome to a special edition of "today" on a sunday morning. i'm lester holt in richmond, virginia, the university of richmond, our second stop in our tour of the key presidential battleground states. jenna wolfe is back inside studio 1a. jenna, good morning. good to see you. >> nice to see you. i should have known no matter what assignment you had, you would somehow manage to find a hurricane to cover as well. it's what you do and do so well at the same time. >> yeah, i have to tell you, it's better to be luc
covet virginia. this is president obama's 17th trip to the state just this year and mitt romney was in the state yesterday and will return on monday. >> i love you, too, guys. >> reporter: the romney campaign said wednesday's debate has been a big boost to their efforts in virginia. >> obviously, people saw the great debate performance. people are fired up as ever. we're having more volunteers stream into the office. >> reporter: but still, most major polls have president obama ahead in virginia and heading from fairfax to ohio and is expected he will be back several times before the election. next week is shaping up to be a busy one in virginia and the white house announced -- and mitt romney is slated to deliver a major foreign policy address at the virginia military snout. >> a federal judge said the transit system must allow and to equate muslim radicals with savages. they sued for the right to display the ads and they up in subway stations and must be displayed here no later than 5:00 p.m. on monday and we spoke to the attorney for the blogger who sued to put up the ad and
places. and crippling snowfall in parts of virginia. all of these elements coming together for massive power outages, some 60 mill brion peo affected, we are iing 10 million to lose power from this megastorm. >> some remarkable numbers there, jim, thank you. all day sandy has been lashing north carolina's outer banks. julie martin is in nags head for us tonight. julie? >> reporter: we have been taking a beating all day long here along the outer banks, the tropical storm force wind gusts started around midnight and they really haven't let up, that plus the stinging rain showers coming in has made for a miserable existence all along the outer banks, and sandy is well offshore a couple of hundred miles is a testment to the size and strength of this storm. many are chosen to stay and ride this house. nonetheless, they have had their share of problems with this, we have seen flooded roadways, highway 95 completely impassable due to coastal flooding, and we have seen some power outages with that as well. back to you, lester. >> julie martin on north carolina's outer bank. >> let's move up th
to win. the president hunkered down in virginia tonight preparing for tuesday. but mitt romney spent the day out on the campaign trail. darcy spencer is following both campaigns tonight. >> today mitt romney still basking in the glow of his post-debate bump. and the president is reminding voters of the bailout of the auto industry, and it paid off. it's a weekend of debate preparation for president barack obama. he boarded air force one heading to williamsburg where he'll get ready for the town hall-style debate taking place tuesday. before leaving washington he reminded voters of his administration's rescue of the auto industry. >> but we refused to throw in the towel and do nothing. we refused to let detroit go bankrupt. i bet on american workers and american injean newty and three years later that bet is paying off in a big way. >> reporter: republican contender mitt romney is in ohio first preparing for the debate, then campaigning. he says there's been a crescendo of enthusiasm for his campaign and hammered away at the president's record. >> the income of the median family in am
in the sky. the bright spot above is jupiter. venus rising shortly. it includes much of west virginia and virginia. and much of the region under this clear sky. we're going to stay chilly the next several hours. reagan national on the warmer waters of the potomac at 51. as the day progresses, we'll have a rapid warmup. by the noon hour, we'll be in the mid-60s. delightful. we'll have our sunrise at 7:25. we'll still be hovering around 40 by then. during the afternoon by midafternoon, we should be hitting the low 70s. just a dreamy autumn day, bright sunshine in a blue sky. by late afternoon, by 6:00, back down into the mid and upper 60s. sunset today at 6:19. i'll be back in ten minutes with a hometown forecast. now with a look at our traffic filling in for danella is kenneth burns. good morning. >> good morning, tom. >>> on southbound 270 around montrose road, we have road work cleared up near west montgomery and mont race road. further down in silver spring, both loops of the beltway, that construction work has cleared. northbound 95 in laurel construction blocking the right lane an
. sandy is also being blamed for a burst of snow in west virginia. >>> right now thousands of people in our area are in the dark because of sandy. most of the power outages are in northern virginia. dominion virginia power reporting more than 119,000 customers without electricity right now. pepco is trying to restore power to more than 30,000 homes and businesses in our area. bge says 3,200 area customers don't have electricity, and smeco is reporting 30,000 customers in the dark. >> the federal government is closed today for all nonessential personnel. metro rail and bus service is also suspended until this afternoon. then metro will reassess the situation. marc, vre, and amtrak service along the northeast corridor all suspended today as well. and flights out of dulles, reagan national, are cancelled until further notice. >> lots of schools closed this morning in virginia, alexandria, arlington, fairfax, falls church city, and loudoun county schools are closed. also manassas city, manassas park, stafford city and spotsylvania schools as well. in maryland, prince george's county, mon
the clouds will hold together as we move east. right now low 50s to mid-50s across most of northern virginia, maryland, right into the chesapeake bay, it's near the 60s. and right around 60 in the district of columbia. a mild morning there. still on the chilly side to cool side. frederick just 50 degrees. and culpeper 52. so's manassas and prince william county. charles county in the 50s. la plata at 55. storm team 4, hour by hour, a rapid warmup and a little cloudiness around and just a slight chance of a sprinkle through noon time with the clouds coming through. going to be mild. after that, the clouds should break up a little bit by later this afternoon. a little sunshine breaking out and soaring to near 80 degrees by midafternoon. sunrise this morning at 7:27. sunset at 6:17. and it does look like we will have this mild pattern changing. i'll have details on that coming up in just a few minutes. and big changes coming our way and the latest on tropical storm sandy. will she affect us? i'll be keeping you posted on that coming up. now with danella, here's the latest on traffic. >>> i'm st
side of it. the leading edge of some of the rain is already into the carolinas, southeastern virginia and right along our eastern shore. category 1 hurricane, 75 mile per hour winds will continue on a northeasterly track today. as we get into tomorrow and tomorrow evening, it does look like the landfall zone will be close to us from near chincoteague to long island. it could come ashore anywhere in this zone. looks like the timing would be around 8:00 p.m. on monday and then into tuesday morning. we'll have the heaviest rain and the strongest winds coming in, again, late monday, perhaps after sunset till around dawn on tuesday. right now heavy rains on the eastern shore. slowly creeping off to the west. just a few sprinkles around the metro area. this is a multifaceted storm. i'll get it sorted out for you. the latest forecast coming up in a couple of minutes. angie and richard. >> tom, thank you. >> several states of emergency are in effect along the mid-atlantic and the northeast coa coast. news 4's erica gonzalez is live in rehoboth beach. what is it like this morning? >> shelters
at the push for virginia voters. >> this could have quite an impact on those voters. they did not think it would get below 8%. now with one more report before election day, it could be persuasive. >> today, i believe that, as a nation, we are moving forward again. we are moving forward. >> as always, there are countless momentum shifts and the president followed at his debate with more headlines. across the state, a counter argument. >> there are fewer new jobs this month than last month. >> the numbers are what they seem. >> the reason it has come down is due to the fact more and more people have stopped looking for work. >> regardless of how we got to 7.8%, it looks like progress. unemployment was once at 10%. >> that is always a positive thing. i do not know how you could spend it. >> meanwhile the president went after brawny on a different set of numbers, reducing the -- after romney on a different set of numbersg the deficit. >> of mitt romney will bring down the hammer on sesame street. >> republicans insisting it is time to tighten our fiscal belt if we are serious about the reco
reporting severe flooding. and sandy being blamed for this burst of snowfall in west virginia. >>> right now utility crews are starting to restore power to more than 100,000 area residents in the dark right now. pepco tweeted this morning that its crews are on the road. right now dominion has the most outages in our area, more than 115,000. bge says more than 74,000 area residents are in the dark and more than 60,000 of them are in anne arundel county. smeco looking to restore power to 6,200 customers. >>> the federal government closed again today for all nonessential personnel and closed to the public obviously. metro rail and bus service also suspended until this afternoon. metro plans to reassess the situation this morning. marc, vre, and amtrak service along the northeast corridor suspended today as well. and flights out of dulles and reagan national airports cancelled until further notice. >>> and lots the students enjoying another day off. most major public school systems in d.c., maryland, and virginia are closed this morning. a complete list of closures running at the bottom of your
this morning. traveling around the beltway in maryland and virginia, in maryland, a live look at montgomery county at connecticut avenue, no work zones. the left lane is blocked in each direction crossing the northwest branch. in virginia, not much in terms of trouble spots. there's an active work zone on southbound 95 between falmouth and frederick. stay to the left. back to you. >> thank you. pipa good morning, angela. -- good morning. >> the pressure on president obama to have a better performance against mitt romney tonight. >> it's a town hall format in new york tonight with questions from the audience. >> tonight's debate will be a town hall, which means audience members will ask questions of preselected by the moderator. the format present inherent challenges for romney and obama. >> both have to spread lightly, because if they are going on the offense too a chris liu of a with each other, -- -- if they are going too much on the offense, that can spell over and to the audience. mitt romney's debate prep partner is optimistic about his candidate's chances. clerk how did it go? >> gre
to a certain degree, but virginia is the big state, with 13 electoral votes. what the nightmares, for obama, in particular, northern virginia is going to be hit very hard. in 2008 northern vi which is the moratic party of the state provided obama's entire victory margin in the state. it took the whole downstate sely and a tie between obama and jo mccain, northern virginia did it. so, there is concern, obviously, among s, that northern virginia might see their polling places knocked out, early absentee balloting--. >>neil: but what do they do? a lotf voting machines are hooked up to outlets, right? they need power, so, you cannot vote, is it conceivable, and it sounds incredible to me that they would extend voting or make a new voting day and push it furthe back? we e in unchartered territory. later later --t would take a court order. we have a provision for paper ballots if the electricity is off, the polling distribute paper balld e lots of problems connected to paper ballots but at least that can be done if nothinge and we hope it doesn't get do that point. >>neil: we will watc very y. t
just outside of us in virginia today. we're breaking down the recent success for democrats in the old dominion and what are the president's chances to do it again? good morning from a very rainy washington. it's monday, october 29th, 2012. this is "the daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. let's get right to my first reads of the morning. and it's this. a massive category 1 storm, but it's a large one. and it's bearing down on the east coast just eight days before the election. nearly 60 million people are in hurricane sandy's path one way or the other. and it stretches more than 800 miles from north carolina to maine. and as sandy barrels towards the east coast, it is already bringing heavy rainfall and sustained winds up to 85 miles an hour. now, it's not just wind and rain. as much as three feet of snow is forecast in parts of west virginia. officials estimate repairing the damage for all of these states could cost billions. that's plural. hundreds of thousands of people from maryland to connecticut have been ordered to evacuate low-lying coastal areas including 375,000 in new york city,
, foreclosure numbers, the price of a gallon of gas in virginia. you can also look at the history of each of these states, to give you a sense of where the have been in the past and where they might be headed. it gives you a good sense of which states are in play. you can't even play around and make your own mouth, -- map, and sketched out different paths for victory. >> right now, you have 251 points for barack obama. the states in play hard hatch marks and are not color-coded. what is the data that goes into making this analysis? >> deciding which are swing states, we looked at an average of polls. we look at all the polls that are out there, and come up with an average. you can see, when you take all the data available, what the numbers show, and how important swing states are. that is always a moving target. we are constantly getting new information. you will see how the numbers shift and change as the election gets closer. generally, these states are the tightest and could go either way. >> states in play -- take us through a couple. guest: a lot are familiar states that have been a
the blizzard conditions in parts of west virginia. nbc meteorologist dylan dreyer is back with us strtracking it . >> the same storm is bringing snowfall to west virginia, and the wind gusts just to the south coast beaches of lake erie and portions through the great lakes region, we are certainly dealing with wind gusts still on the order of 30 to 40 miles per hour. the waves have been churned out. i'm getting tons of pictures sent in from lake erie especially. it's looking more like an ocean rather than just a great lake. this is a huge storm. we're also talking about those blizzard conditions back across west virginia. winds are now starting to ease a little bit, and the snow we saw across southern ohio is starting to transition back over into some rain. so it is back over to just the mountainous regions of west virginia where we have already picked up nearly 30 inches of snowfall. davis, west virginia is one of those spots that is a jackpot region for snowfall. it's a town full of elderly residents and most of that town is without power right now. another 3 to 6 inches is still possible as
of the front that's going to be bringing the big change. a few breaks in the clouds across parts of virginia and into western maryland right now. but much farther west, that's where there is some rain there in the upper left of your screen. those little patches of green, just a few sprinkles out in northern west virginia into western pennsylvania. that is advancing east and getting closer to us. we did have a few sprinkles passing through montgomery county into western howard over the last half hour or so. now they're dissipating. we're in the 60s throughout most of the region now. a beautiful start to the day. a bit breezy, and we'll have a lot of cloudiness around by 6:00 a.m. still in the 60s. by noon, ought to be near 70 and maybe a passing shower moving west to east and a greater chance out in the mountains. then during the afternoon, the rest of the region likely will have a few passing showers. highs near 70. noontime, we'll drop back down to the mid-60s by late afternoon. i'm back in ten minutes with another hometown forecast and a look at storm team 4 radar. right now first 4 traffi
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